New Locky Ransomware Attack Affecting Millions

There is a new Locky variant ransomware attack that is hitting at a steady rate of 2 million attacks an hour. Hackers are using 8,000 different versions of a widespread virus script, according to researchers from Barracuda Networks Inc. There were 20 million of these attacks within the first 24 hours after it was launched Tuesday morning. The magnitude of this attack is significant – growing rapidly and proving to be highly
destructive. The target: businesses or institutional
groups in the US and Canada.

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Equifax Data Breach: More Questions Than Answers

Considering Equifax is one of the largest credit reporting agencies whose sole business relies on both credibility of data and securely handling the sensitive data of millions of consumers, it is fair to assume that they have the strongest security defenses in place at all times. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are no words to describe the sheer negligence and lack of accountability we are witnessing. Equifax has compromised personal data of 143 million Americans. With this data, people could be at risk of identity theft
for the rest of their lives.

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Welcome Nick Wright to Our Team

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our Technology Associates team, Nick Wright. Nick has joined our Project Implementation team to improve our workstation deployment process – ensuring an efficient and seamless transition of your hardware. Not only does he bring the technical strength you’d expect from a TA member, he was recognized by former employers for having outstanding customer service – something that is extremely important to us and our clients.

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Security Alert: New Link-Bait Phishing Tactic

Security threats come in all shapes and sizes but none slip through the cracks like phishing. Phishers bait their hooks, usually in the form of a seemingly legitimate file or link, and cast their rods out, waiting for victims to bite. Their bait is commonly spread via email, making it difficult for security software to filter them out. Because email has rapidly become one of the most common forms of business communication, it’s important for your staff to be well-informed on the latest phishing campaigns. Our CEO discovered a new
link-bait tacticthat you might want to notify your staff about.

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Is Your Business Prepared to Handle Hurricane Irma?

Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, causing at least 60 deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irma appears ready to make U.S. history. Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane and is expected to hit Florida with a direct impact. Irma’s maximum sustained winds should decrease as the hurricane moves northward. But don’t let your guard down as Irma will still pose a major threat of storm surge, damaging winds and rainfall flooding. Are you
ready for the blow?
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What to Look For in a Technology Partner

IT service providers are known for trying to upsell, oversell, overcommit and underdeliver. Decisions are made out of reactive necessity rather than proactive thought leadership. You wish you could rely on internal staff but your business is growing and your IT department is overwhelmed. How do you find a technology provider who you can trust to help you reach your goals? You search for an IT partner.

 

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Best Writing Apps for Business On Your iPhone or iPad

Think about how much time is spent emailing via the email app on your phone or tablet. Email is important and universally applied, serving as a writing environment that offers document and task management tools. The navigation options and integration with contacts and calendars improve organization and collaboration in business. Due to the amount of time people spend writing in business, a similar unified system makes sense for word
processing, right? Well, yes. Let’s explore some integrated
apps for writing, storing documents, and managing tasks that
will improve organization and productivity.

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